After the enormous heat of Santa Marta, the incessant noise of the city and the fatigue that was settling, the stage in Minca was really welcome!
How to get from Santa Marta to Minca?
To get from Santa Marta to Minca, you can take the bus at the market for 9000 COP (estación to El Mercado, in front of El Emporio).
After almost 1 hour drive from Santa Marta to Minca, we discover a charming little village nestled in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It feels like you have changed region and being hundreds of miles from the Caribbean coast … we are now in a beautiful and lush tropical forest.
1st good surprise: cooler temperatures than on the coast! Phew we breathe finally …
How to go to Minca from Santa Marta – Itinerary map
2 days in Minca – What to do ?
What to do in Minca – El Pozo Azul
The most famous activity is surely the ride to the waterfalls of El Pozo Azul. Just follow the main road when you are in the village and continue the path by a walk of about 1 hour.
What to do in Minca – Marinca Waterfalls
Other waterfalls (less crowded) are accessible after 1 hour of walking: The site of Marinca. Located on the other side of the village (right on our way out of our access path to Minca Glamping), I really liked the site. One small downside: the parade of motorcycle taxis that we spoil a little this precious silence that nature offers …
Practical information: The entrance costs 4,000 COP, there is a toilet and a restaurant at the 1st waterfall.
We preferred to eat in a quieter place that we found on the way. La Fuentes (Bed and Breakfast) has prepared for 12,000 COP (4 €) a great fish and chips.
What to do in Minca – Visit a coffee finca
It is also a classic of Minca. You have the choice between going to the finca Victoria (a little above Pozo Azul) or the finca La Candelaria, a finca of coffee and cocoa a little smaller but just as interesting. We visited both.
At the Candelaria, we only visited “Cocoa” at 20,000 COP which ends with the pose on the face of a cocoa mask. We met mascot: Tuki, the toucan. He lives in freedom but he approaches and takes the pose as if he was waiting to be photographed!
Where to sleep in Minca? Minca Glamping my favorite
This was our 2nd good surprise coming to the heart of this wild and deep nature: our unusual accommodation in Minca Glamping!
I loved this quiet place and lost in nature. Without the noise of cars, one can reach it only by a small path.
Maxime (the owner) and an employee come to welcome us and carry your luggage to climb the small road about 600m.
Everything we liked, the fact that the bungalow is all mosquito (without wall) gave us the impression of sleeping under the stars … We heard everything and enjoy (in our bed) of this wonderful forest (rise and sunset, singing birds …).
Staying in this bungalow is a true experience of communion with nature!
The decor is perfect. The breakfasts were delicious, we counted a dozen fresh fruits in our big bowl! and what about the Arepa … and the kindness of Maxime …
It is with regret that we left this magical place hoping to have the chance to return one day! See this hotel on Booking
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